Australian Open moves to late December

BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2003 Australian Open | General | 26 Sep 2003
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A decision to push the starting date for the Australian Open back to December 18th has become official today.

The pending clash between the Davis Cup and the Australian Open has forced the hand of the Australian Open organisers to make that decision.

With the Davis Cup final now being played on grass, there wasn’t an opportunity to play late into the evening and as a result the possibility of Channel Seven covering the two events back to back on the same day is now not available.

While it is yet a further disruption to an already struggling Australian Open it may yet prove to be a blessing in disguise. All four of the Australian players who would otherwise have been at the the Nedbank Challenge will now be in a position it would seem, to play the event.

Perhaps the one golfer who has suffered from the decision is Peter Lonard who made the commitment to turn down an invitation to play the Nedbank Challenge in order hat he would be at the Australian Open. He now finds himself without an event to play that week but in typical Lonard fashion he has reacted the way most would expect, suggesting it is “just one of those things.”

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